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In addition to “Dancing with the Stars,” Ms. Palin has appeared on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and of course “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” And she’s formed her own public relations and political consulting firm.

Bristol as controversial as her mother

Trademark or not, Bristol Palin as a paid public speaker seems to be as controversial as her mother.

Last month, Washington University in St. Louis withdrew an invitation for her to speak on a panel for “Student Sexual Responsibility Week.”

“Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds” the committee and Palin decided against the appearance, the university said in a statement.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP nominee for vice-president keeps being mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential candidate, even though her “unfavorable” ratings remain high and a large majority of Americans don’t think she’s qualified to run the country.

But her every word and act remain politically mesmerizing. Did those cross-hairs over elected officials targeted for defeat have anything to do with violent public discourse? Are her comments on the ground-shaking revolution in Egypt worth noting?

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